National Geographic Events


Tutankhamum and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs

Photo: Tut coffinette
Golden coffinette from Tut’s tomb

Photograph by Kenneth Garrett

This blockbuster exhibition, seen by almost eight million people worldwide since it opened in Los Angeles in 2005, features some of the world’s most precious treasures and a window into the fascinating culture of ancient Egypt.

The exhibition focuses on the 18th Dynasty, a 150-year period, which began around 1550 B.C., when Egypt was at the height of its power and the “Golden Age” of Egyptian art. The extensive array of more than 130 extraordinary artifacts from the tomb of Tutankhamun (1333–1324 B.C.) and other ancient Egyptian sites offers a glimpse into this incredible period in history. The exhibition highlights the discovery of the tomb by British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922 and the ongoing scientific research into the cause of Tutankhamun’s death.

Tour Schedule

Los Angeles County Museum 6/16/05—11/15/05
Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art 12/15/05—4/23/06
The Field Museum, Chicago 5/26/06—1/1/07
The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia 2/3/07—9/3/07
The O2, London 11/15/07—9/3/08
Dallas Museum of Art 10/3/09—5/17/09
de Young Museum, San Francisco 8/27/10—3/28/11
Discovery Times Square Exposition, New York 4/23/11—1/2/11
Melbourne Museum 4/8/11—11/6/11

Cutting-edge science is featured in a section devoted to ongoing research on ancient Egyptian mummies and the results of a landmark DNA study featured in National Geographic magazine (9/2010).

This exhibit is accompanied by Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs (National Geographic Books, 2005)


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